Locals direct, star in ‘Bitter Herbs’

“Olive and the Bitter Herbs,” the season finale for the Branch River Theatre, will open at the Community House of Marlborough on May 30.

The play, written by Charles Busch and rated PG-13, is directed by Mia Moravis of Francestown.

Wendy Almeida leads in the starring role of Olive Fisher, an aging actress whose big claim to fame is a 1980s sausage commercial.

Scott Gardner of Rindge takes on the role of the unemployed Caldecott Award-winning Trey Chamblay, a would-be fromager a little too in love with his wine. Bert Torsey of Marlborough plays Chamblay’s better half, a soft-spoken Irish award-winning children’s book author named Robert Brannigan.

BRT first-timer Susan Ericson-West plays Olive’s cockeyed optimist foil, Wendy, a frustrated former Broadway agent with a penchant for taking on old ladies as projects. Peter Eisenstadter rounds out the cast as Sylvan Guzick, a blithe, hip widower who enjoys the challenge of a feisty woman.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. on May 3o, 31, June 6, 7, and at 2 p.m. on June 1.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors 62 and older.

Cash and checks accepted at the door. To pay by credit card, visit www.

A new ticket line is set up at 876-6131 or email to

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